New US Military Budget: Further Confrontation With Turkey, Iran, China And Russia

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New US Military Budget: Further Confrontation With Turkey, Iran, China And Russia

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On August 13th, the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was officially accepted by President Donald Trump.

The bill introduces a host of Navy and Marine Corps programs as well as new policy initiatives to take effect. The FY 2019 NDAA sets the spending and policy priorities for the Department of Defense. It allows for a budget of $717 billion.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is the most significant investment in our military and our war fighters in modern history,” Trump said August 13th. “We are going to strengthen our military like never ever before and that’s what we did.”

There are numerous significant items that are allowed funding by the NDAA.

There are $7.6 billion for 77 of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and $85 million for UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, from Sikorsky, a unit of Lockheed Martin. Congress also agreed to fully fund the U.S. Air Force’s new long-range stealth B-21 bomber. America’s next heavy bomber is named “Raider” and made by Northrop Grumman.

$1.56 billion were designated for three littoral combat ships, even though the Navy only requested one.

There is a $225.3 million budget for Stryker A1 combat vehicles and supports efforts to modernize the Army’s armored combat vehicles, which includes: 135 M1 Abrams tanks, 60 Bradley fighting vehicles, 197 armored multipurpose vehicles, 38 improved recovery vehicles, and 3,390 joint light tactical vehicles.

The integration of the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile defense systems will be funded with $284 million.

The policies are, however, what is most noteworthy.

The NDAA orders a halt to arms sales to Turkey, a partner in the F-35 fighter jet program. The ban on arms sales and the blocking of the F-35 delivery is for a period of 90 days. During the period, the Pentagon has to produce a report detailing U.S.-Turkish relations and the effect of cutting Turkey out of the F-35 production chain. Turkey received its first 2 F-35 fighter jets in a ceremony in June in Texas. However, the jets are still in the US, where Turkish pilots are being trained. The aircraft will not arrive in Turkey earlier than late 2019.

This, and the delivery of a further 28 currently on order, have been targeted in the NDAA due to Turkey’s purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia and imprisonment of U.S. citizens, including Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor held on terror charges since Oct. 2016.

Regarding Iran, the NDAA focuses on a strategy to counter the destabilizing activity of Iran. The elements of the strategy include: identifying specific countries in which Iran and Iranian-backed entities “are operating and establishing a cooperative framework that includes one or more of the following: investing in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities; investing in mine countermeasures resources and platforms; investing in integrated air and missile defense platforms and technologies; sharing intelligence and data between the United States and such foreign countries; investing in cyber security and cyber defense capabilities; engaging in combined planning and exercises; engaging in defense education, institution building, doctrinal development, and reform; assessing Iran’s destabilizing activities in the countries identified under subparagraph (A) and the implications thereof.” No later than 180 of the enactment of the NDAA, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of State shall submit a report to the respective defense committees on the actions taken to counter the destabilizing actions of Iran and the strategy that was authorized. The report will be annual until December 2021. The NDAA does not authorize the use of military force against Iran.

Regarding Russia, the NDAA sought to limit US participation in Open Skies and new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) treaties with Russia. The provisions were watered down after talks between the House and the Senate, as cited by RT.

Section 1233 of the NDAA, if it did not undergo a change would have claimed that Russia was in material breach of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and that the US was therefore legally entitled to suspend adhering to it, as reported by RT. Section 1240 wouldn’t have been accepted at first, it prohibited funding of the new 2010 START nuclear arms control treaty, until Trump certified he raised the issue of Russia’s new nuclear weapons systems with Moscow.

When it came down to the 1992 Treat on Open Skies, which went into effect on 2002, Section 1232 initially prohibited the spending of funds in 2019 for modifying any surveillance planes for operations under the treaty, until Trump certifies that the US has “imposed legal countermeasures” on Moscow. This was due to a claim that Russia was violating the treaty.

In response to the claim that Russia is in violation of the Open Skies Treaty, Sputnik cited Yevgeny Serebrennikov, the deputy chair of the Russian upper house’s defense and security committee, who said that the country fully complies with the provisions of the agreement. “The US accusations against us are completely groundless. Russia acts in full compliance with the agreements and their terms — as well as with the agreement on the destruction of chemical weapons,” Serebrennikov said.

In June 2017, the United States said Moscow was violating the terms of the Open Skies Treaty by placing restrictions on overflights of Kaliningrad, Russia’s enclave on the Baltic Sea. The United States said it would implement restrictions on Russian observation flights over the United States on January 1, 2018. The Russian Foreign Ministry has denied the accusations, saying that Russia complies with all its obligations under all international agreements, including the Open Skies Treaty.

Regarding the START treaties, US has concerns regarding the Sarmat missiles among other new strategic weapon systems, which do not comply with the new treaty. Serebrennikov noted that Russia can provide additional materials to prove that the Sarmat does not fall under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). “The Russian side has repeatedly provided the United States with evidence that these weapons in no way violate the New START treaty. They do not want to accept this evidence. Perhaps the Russian side will provide additional materials … I hope that these arguments will be accepted, but there is less and less hope,” were his words.

In accordance with the NDAA, US will discuss with Russia the latter’s new strategic weapon systems, including the Sarmat missile system, the air-launched nuclear-powered cruise missile X-101, the unmanned underwater vehicle the US government calls “Status 6,” and the long-distance guided flight hypersonic glide vehicle Avangard. After the discussions it will be deemed whether they are in compliance with the new START treaty.

Furthermore, President Trump must present a report to Congress on persons involved in transactions with Russia’s intelligence or military sectors within 90 days of August 13th. “Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report that describes those persons that the President has determined under section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act [CAATSA]… have knowingly engaged, on or after August 2, 2017, in a significant transaction with a person that is part of, or operates for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation,” the NDAA stated. It also requires the US President to update the report every 90 days following the first submission over the next five years.

The NDAA also revealed that the US government extended its ban against cooperating militarily with Russia in a bilateral format. This prohibition was first enacted in NDAA 2017 and it says that none of the funds may be used for any bilateral military-to-military cooperation with Russia until Moscow implements the Minsk accords and returns Crimea to Ukrainian sovereignty. However, NDAA 2019 adds a provision that authorizes negotiations between Washington and Moscow.

Regarding China, the NDAA has provisions that prioritize a “long-term strategic competition with China.” It also calls for the evaluation of propaganda, economic tools, hacking and “defense installations,” that Beijing allegedly uses against Washington. The NDAA strengthens the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). It reviews proposals to determine if they threaten national security, that measure, according to Reuters was seen as targeting China.

Reuters cited a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, released on early August 14th: “The US should objectively and fairly treat Chinese investors, and avoid CFIUS becoming an obstacle to investment cooperation between Chinese and US firms.”

The statement further contained Beijing’s protests against the adoption of the NDAA, which includes “negatives” regarding China. “We urge the US to be objective regarding China and Chinese-US relations, to strictly adhere to the One China principle and three US-Chinese joint statements, to avoid implementing the negative provisions of the bill so as not to harm Chinese-US relations as well as bilateral cooperation in the most important fields.”

On the same day, China’s Defense Ministry issued a statement criticizing the NDAA. “On August 13, the United States signed the 2019 US National Defense Authorization Act into law. The content of this law abounds in Cold War thinking, exaggerates the level of the China-US confrontation, interferes in China’s internal affairs, violates the One-China principle and three China-US communiques, undermines the atmosphere of development of China-US military ties, damages China-US mutual trust and cooperation,” the statement said.

These measures come as US and China have engaged in a “trade war”, imposing tariffs on their respective goods. The Chinese Finance Ministry has accused Washington’s actions of “disrupting the global supply chain and free trade system” and causing “serious damage” to the interests of China and its citizens. It also further warned that the US actions may have a negative impact on the global economic growth.

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  • leon mc pilibin

    The Zionists are bleeding the American tax payer dry,while the health and infrastructure go down the drain.Nutandyahoo said that’s what they would do as they totally control the congress,senate,and especially the puppet president.When will the American people wake up to the traitors in their government, and the scumbags in the lying media,who play their part drumming for war,,all for the benefit of Zionist, racist,warmongering Israhell.

    • potcracker2588

      not bad…but not 100% correct…..
      There can not be zionism without judaism…..I quote from THEIR holy book the talmud
      “All non jews are GOIJM, all non jewish women are WHORES”
      zionism was invented as scapegoat……..and thats exactly what it is…….when zionism was invented, make no mistake, in nearly all countries of the world(israel did not exist) judaism was well known to be the source of evil.That was so in the USA,UK,GERMANY etc…. then came zionism, then came their masterplan WW1 followed by WW2 with the biggest lie of all.The holocaust. And today…hahahaha…..nobody dares to point them out them satanic jews, but instead reveres to zionism…..its not the jew, its the zionist…think about what i´m just writing and how insanely stupid that sounds…”its not the jew , its zionism!!!!!”…….pure mindcontrol bs.
      Its the satanic jew and their father satan arihman.

      • Jesus

        Talmud is not a holy book, the Torah is.
        Talmud is a Jewish perversion of the Torah

        • Joe Kerr

          What is a holy book, and what is a Jew? Are Jewish communists atheists? Is it a race, religion, cult or just a gang of hucksters (Marx’s description)? Deliberately or otherwise, Marx was underestimating the extent of their power.

          • Jesus

            A Holy Book is a book authored by a Holy Being….God, a Jew is a descendant of Jacob who had 12 sons who multiplied into the 12 tribes of Israel. Jewish religion and existence as a state ceased in 70 AD, since then many lived in the Diaspora, i see their present power being cut down and they will experience persecution as they never experienced before.

        • gustavo

          Torah also.

          • Jesus

            Prove that Torah is not holy book.

          • gustavo

            There are many many indications that the Thorah is far from being holly and the word of God,, I will mention only very few important things:
            a) Torah says that he age of humanity is 8,000 year at most (From Adam to now). Totally wrong, humanity (homo sapiens) is about 250,000 years old.
            b) Torah says the Earth is flat (circular of square), totally wrong.
            c) People who wrote the Torah had not idea of the existence of our Solar System.

            d) Torah does not make any difference between the Sun and the Moon, both of them are torches (they have light by themselves). Wrong, the Moon is a mirror which reflex the light of the Sun.
            e) In the first day God created the Earth, and on the fourth day He created the stars ! Wrong, stars are needed first in order to create planets. In addition, our Earth, is about the 10th generation of planets created in the Universe.
            f) God command not to kill (exodus .However, order to His chosen people to commit genocide in promised land.
            h) Torah is totally ignorant about Dinosaurs and many other extinguished species.
            i) The order of the appearing the actual species is wrong in the Torah.
            j) Evolution is the key element of diversity of species, not the magic.
            k) Actual languages did not appear at the Babel Tower.
            l) There is not enough water in the World to cover Everest Mountain. So, The flood on of the Earth could not have append.

            So on…., I could give you almost a hundred more.

          • Jesus

            The Torah was written to the Jews, it was the Law governing their personal conduct towards fellow man and towards God. Here are some excerpts:

            Exod.20

            [1] And God spake all these words, saying,
            [2] I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
            [3] Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
            [4] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
            [5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
            [6] And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
            [7] Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
            [8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
            [9] Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
            [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
            [11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
            [12] Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
            [13] Thou shalt not kill.
            [14] Thou shalt not commit adultery.
            [15] Thou shalt not steal.
            [16] Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
            [17] Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
            [18] And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
            [19] And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

          • gustavo

            I gave you the proof that the Torah is not a holly book and is not written (dictated) by God. Sorry, if yo do want to accept the evidences.

          • Jesus

            I answered your evidence, can you counter say to what I said?
            God does not dictate, He reveals information under the influence of the Spirit, Genesis the first book of the Torah was written around 15Th century BC, expounding events that took place thousands of years prior.

          • Jesus

            “””a) Torah says that he age of humanity is 8,000 year at most (From Adam to now). Totally wrong, humanity (homo sapiens) is about 250,000 years old.”””

            The events of Adam and Eve have nothing to do with Homo sapiens dating back 250,000 years. It is a continuation within that time frame.

            “””b) Torah says the Earth is flat (circular of square), totally wrong.”””

            Where does it say that?

            “””c) People who wrote the Torah had not idea of the existence of our Solar System.”””

            They were not astronomers as the Egyptians were, however, that was not the intent of the Torah, God wanted the Jews to abide by the commandments that I listed above.

            “””d) Torah does not make any difference between the Sun and the Moon, both of them are torches (they have light by themselves). Wrong, the Moon is a mirror which reflex the light of the Sun.”””

            Gen 6: 16] And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

            Again the Torah was not intended to teach the Jews astronomy.

            “””e) In the first day God created the Earth, and on the fourth day He created the stars ! Wrong, stars are needed first in order to create planets. In addition, our Earth, is about the 10th generation of planets created in the Universe.”””

            You need to read the scriptural text a little more insight, God did not create the earth first, the earth was already there void and covered with water as a result of a cosmic battle between God and Satan that affected the Earth, the Sun, Moon and some stars. God recreated them and reestablished their purpose.

            “””f) God command not to kill (exodus .However, order to His chosen people to commit genocide in promised land.”””

            God rendered judgement on the people that lived in Canaan because of their iniquity, the same way He rendered judgement on the Jews at the hands of the Babylonians and the Romans.

            “””h) Torah is totally ignorant about Dinosaurs and many other extinguished species. ”””

            Not really, Torah deals with events outlining God’s creative process during the creation, dinasours perished prior or during the cosmic battle between Satan and God, and God chose not to create them again.

            “””The order of the appearing the actual species is wrong in the Torah.”””

            Meaning what? Species were created out of nothing.

            “””j) Evolution is the key element of diversity of species, not the magic.”””

            There is no magic, the creative power of God is very real.

            “””k) Actual languages did not appear at the Babel Tower.”””

            How can you tell? Here is the scriptural account: Gen.11

            [1] And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
            [2] And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
            [3] And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
            [4] And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
            [5] And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
            [6] And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
            [7] Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
            [8] So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
            [9] Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

            “””l) There is not enough water in the World to cover Everest Mountain. So, The flood on of the Earth could not have append.”””

            Prior to the flood it never rained, there was a water canopy in the atmosphere, as well as the water fountains of the deep.
            If the flood did not take place, why is it difficult to find any archeological finds perftaing to human civilization dating within the time frame of 2400 BC to 4000 BC.

  • KennyB

    $717 billion dollars! Plus the cost of maintaining the nuclear weapons stockpile, plus various other costs that are not included in that figure. A total of at least $1 trillion.

    Imagine what could be done with one trillion dollars per year.

    Every child in the world could be educated to high school level.
    Every person could be provided with clean water and sanitation.
    Grand schemes to build renewal energy sources would be possible.
    Ships equipped with Fisher-Tropsch plants could be build to clean up the plastic garbage in the oceans.
    Infrastructure projects that benefit humanity would be possible.
    Hemp processing plants could be built which would make large-scale hemp growing profitable. Hemp would replace wood pulp for paper, cotton for clothing, biodegradable plastics instead of petrochemical plastics, biomass for making alcohol fuels, biodiesel from hemp seed oil. Thousands of applications for hemp exist and being a tough plant, it doesn’t need the chemicals that cotton, maize, etc. currently do.
    A massive effort to clean up Fukushima could be funded.
    Climate change mitigation projects could be funded. That would include planning for rising sea level and for parts of the world becoming too hot for human habitation. Millions of people will have to be moved to other parts of the earth. That can be funded.

    And who would lose out? The 0.01% who are already billionaires! And, for what it’s worth, they could continue to make huge profits, but from doing good, not from killing people and destroying the planet. Those people who are psychopaths and sociopaths who insist on killing people could all be relocated to some remote and uninhabited place and provided with paintball guns and an endless supply of ammunition.

    And, of course, grand schemes to control and dominate humanity will have to go. That means that everyone currently working for the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex will have to be retrained in peaceful activities instead of in technologies used for killing people.

    Not realistic? Why not?

    • al quaida

      Best. Post. Ever.

    • potcracker2588

      LOL…..as long as jews and their slaves are around nothing will change….the key is telling saying writing the truth..naming the devil..
      THE JEW…..
      all those bs words military in. complex….billionaires…..psychopaths sociopaths only scrathes the surface…….go deeper into the rabbit hole….and there they are….the satanic jews…..controlling our planet through the freemasonhood….
      I quote albert pike 33 degree grand master” without the jewish kabbala there would be no freemasonhood.Its the key internal part of our doings”

    • as

      They don’t want to be called commie. Lol.

      Did they really not understand that capitalist system concentrated wealth by picking them from the bottom ? Where ultimately there’s no middle in it and the bottom part would be left at the mercy of the top ?

      • Joe Kerr

        Why not? “Commie” China has beaten the U.S. at its own game, with a little help from the chosen leaches.

    • Bobby Twoshoes

      Because psychopaths aren’t going to just play paintball, the only way to see your dream is to exterminate them, their families and anyone loyal to them; in other words, to become them. Evil will always win because only evil will do what it takes to win. Love the sentiment though.

  • jakoDELETED

    While they s*it at you from above U.S. somehow expect you to hand them over perfumed soft toilet paper so that they can wipe their @ss and hear your “thank you” at the end….

    • S Melanson

      I believe that policy has been changed. Now they just grab your hand and wipe it with that.

  • RichardD

    The criminally insane mad man leg breaker Benny and his evil goons are shooting, breaking the legs of, and killing almost 20,000 unarmed demonstrators in one of the greatest blood baths of unarmed demonstrators in human history. After his evil Jew pedophile mass rape cult massacred 3,000 Americans on 911 for Israel. And Iran is the enemy? Whats wrong with this picture? One word, Jews. These evil miscreants need to be removed from the US political equation.

    • RichardD

      “Casualties and damage

      As of 13 August, 168 Palestinians had been killed.[5] For the end of July 2018, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, the casualty breakdown was as follows:

      155 killed, of whom 23 were under 18
      17,259 injured”

      – 2018 Gaza border protests –

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Gaza_border_protests#Casualties_and_damage

      • RichardD

        Israel receives $3.8 billion a year in military aid, and then uses it to commit the types of atrocities that it currently is in Gaza in violation of US laws prohibiting it:

        “No assistance shall be furnished under this Act or the Arms Export Control Act to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.”

        – Leahy Law –

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leahy_Law

  • Sime

    With Turkey??!! So, no NATO anymore????!!!!! Also, did not USSR went to the same trap 40 years ago????!!!!

  • Ivan Freely

    The US should go for broke and declare war on everyone. Let’s see if the Zionists have the fortitude to bring back the draft.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Full Spectrum Global Dominance. There can be only One.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      Blow it out ur ass :)))

    • Bobby Twoshoes

      Yeah, China. If Yanks aren’t making childish threats you know they’re shitting their pants.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    The sooner US govt falls the better

    • Joe Kerr

      WHEN it does, it’ll be like a nationwide version of Charlottesville, and make the previous Civil War look like a beach picnic.

  • Bob

    Like all empires the US may be about to discover the concept of top-down over-reach, at the most basic level, of manpower. Trump is no different to any other US politician – he has promised increased US military expenditure and up-scale in all services. Meanwhile, the Neo-Con chicken-hawk clique continue their permanent braying, in both their policy papers and the MSM, for deploying more US forces in their forever-war operations across middle east and central Asia. Except all this requires more soldiers – not just a baseline intake to replace and maintain those leaving the services, but new recruits to boost the numbers for the planned further commitments. And therein lies the problem – the US military is encountering a little reported recruitment issue, for various demographic and cultural reasons. The following article is highly informative on topic:

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-recruitment-problem-the-military-doesnt-want-to-talk-about/

  • gustavo

    That is why the military industry (75% of USA economy) need enemies !! So, let us see now what is the next war….. USA-NATO need a war.